Mexican Empanadas


Mexican Empanadas

Kay Ulibarri – Christ the Rock, Farmington, N.M.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican, Southwest
Servings 20 empanadas


  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 10 oz package frozen patty shells thawed
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 3 tbsp red chile salsa
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Crumble beef; saute with onion in a skillet until beef is cooked and onion is soft. Drain.
  • Stir in red chile salsa and spices. Set aside.
  • Place thawed patty shell dough on a floured board and roll out, in one piece, to about 1/16 inch thickness.
  • Cut dough into 3-inch rounds, about 20.
  • Put 2 teaspoons of filling on each dough circle; fold in half.
  • Moisten edges with water and press edges together with a fork. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Prick tops with a fork.
  • Bake at 400 for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.